NEW CASTLE (KDKA) – When they showed up to play New Castle last night, the visiting Central Valley Warriors headed straight for the middle of the field. There, they jumped up and down on the Hurricanes’ logo while facing the New Castle bench.
“You’ll see several Central Valley players looking at the New Castle sidelines in what seems to be a taunting type activity,” Angelo Perotta, of NCTV-45 News New Castle, said.
When Central Valley’s players stomped the logo, it led to a melee with the home team.
“From my vantage point, they did, they spit on it and that’s when the Hurricanes came out and disrupted everything,” Dennis Lewis said.
Perrotta said the visiting team never came on the field for the National Anthem and was never penalized by the referees.
When the mayhem ended, seven New Castle players and the coach were thrown out of the game.
“The call to throw out the players, I question that as to how you do one side without the other. Why there was not off setting penalties because of crossing midfield and the taunting,” Perotta said.
“They ejected our players and coach and nobody from the other team. They couldn’t fight themselves,” Marcee Richardson said. “One of our players had blood coming down his face. I guess one of our players must have hit him.”
After losing seven starting players, New Castle lost the game 38-0.
Perotta said the game was like varsity playing JVs. He hopes the WPIAL will take measures so it never happens again.
According to PIAA rules, the seven players and coach who were thrown out of the game will not be eligible to play in New Castle’s homecoming game next week.